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Pearl Harbor Ship Becomes New Dive Site in BVI
The old ship that survived attacks during Pearl Harbor is now being transformed into an artificial reef and fantasy adventure dive site in an “art meets world history meets ocean conservation” project.
“This reef will allow people to experience the wonder of the ocean and its species up close, while having the time of their lives. That way, what they will learn with stay with them and affect them deeply and hopefully turn into more action to conserve the ocean,” said Branson, owner of Necker Island in the BVI and founder of the Virgin Group.
The highlight of the art installation will be a giant Kraken sculpture that will be wrapped around the boat. After the art is installed, the team behind the project will monitor the marine health of the area. Not only will this initiative provide a sunken art gallery and help rehabilitate heavily over-fished marine populations in ways that boost the BVI economy, the project will also be saving the decorated World War II ship from being scrapped for metal. The YoKo BVIArt Reef is set to open in mid-April.
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